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Mac's back! Marshall's top pacer returns to winning ways

An impressive victory by Son of Mac in the Renown Silverware Pace at Melton on Saturday night furthered the case for trainer-driver Kyle Marshall to embark on a trip to Brisbane in the coming weeks.

SON OF MAC winning the Renown Silverware Pace
SON OF MAC winning the Renown Silverware Pace Picture: HRV

Sent out a $4 favorite, Son Of Mac settled parked outside leader Ooh Ah Listah before Marshall elected to press on for the front with 1200 meters to travel.

Given full rein, Son Of Mac reeled off a 56.7 last 800 metres and scored with authority by five metres from the Julie Douglas-trained Jaccka Connor and Clymenus.

Marshall said Son Of Mac became fired up when Carramar Solomona made a mid-race move towards the lead.

"He got quite keen behind the mobile and came out of it a lot better than I expected, but he got a bit keen when that horse came around and we had no option but to press forward," Marshall said.

"He stuck it out and we were lucky enough to get that one cheap quarter and he's found the line nice. He's getting fitter and it's just good to get him back," he said.

Marshall admitted he was relieved to be back in the winner's stall with Son Of Mac following the pacer's past two unplaced efforts at Melton.

"His first start when Chris (Alford) drove him he went very poor, but I put it down to the stable having a virus, and last week we had no chance from the back when they went 1:52," he said.

Marshall said spending some of winter in the Queensland sun was on the radar.

"I'll talk to the owners, but everything is planned and if we do decide to go, we are ready," he said.

Earlier in the night, Chris Alford hinted the Marshall-prepared emerging open class pacer Bach wouldn't be out of place should connections opt to head north for the Queensland Constellations after taking out the opening event.

The son of Bettors Delight enjoyed an economical trip behind Yambukian before Alford pulled into the sprint lane and the five-year-old mustered sufficient momentum to grab the leader on the line in a slick mile rate of 1:51.7.

Alford said the addition of a pole to the horse's gear made for an improved performance after the former Kiwi finished unplaced in last week's Italian Cup.

"I don't know what races they have picked out for him if he goes up there but on that run tonight he would be competitive," he said.

 

Gun young reinsman James Herbertson capped off a memorable night when he steered Overandout to victory in the Allied Express Trotters Final.

Herberston urged Overandout to the lead with 1600 metres to travel, and although getting tired over the concluding stages, the eight-year-old managed to hold on and score by two metres from the $2 favorite Berriesandcherries.

Herbertson said he was optimistic about the chances of the Robert Evans-trained trotter.

"I was fairly confident with this horse as 12 months ago he was racing in Queensland against some of their best trotters," Herbertson said.

Herbertson said Overandout was well in on the national ratings system.

"It's a credit to Rob being able to find the race, really. Even last week we sat three fence and we were following a 39-rater, and you just don't see that usually. It was the perfect race for him and we were able to drive him fairly confident early.

"We made it a pretty solid test, but he was up to it."

The win completed a winning treble for the 24-year-old Herbertson, who also partnered Operative Line and Tilly Jayne to victory earlier in the night.

Harness Racing Victoria conducted its 2023 awards night at the meeting, where Herbertson received recognition for being last season's leading state and concession driver.